I don’t believe in writer’s block.
The number one secret to writing an unforgettable scene is just to write.
You can’t fix an empty page.
I had a choir teacher in middle school who used to say to us, “Make a big loud mistake. I can fix a mistake I can hear so sing out so I can hear if you are on or off.”
The same thing goes here. You may tear half of what you write out of your finished product or you might not, but if it never makes it to the page there is no story. So the number one secret is simple, and yet profound:
Just get it down so you can work on it.
Go all the way through to the end, and then look back.
Don’t second-guess yourself. Just write. Promise yourself you will write for ten minutes. It is an exercise routine for your writing skill. Commit to ten minutes and you will find yourself writing (much) more.
I used to wait for the perfect time or when I was inspired, but like any art it is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration.
I watched my dad write every day. Every single day. The only things that kept him from sitting at the typewriter were a travel day or book tour and even then he was writing down notes and researching – reading books, studying maps and talking to people who had the knowledge he needed.
Waiting for the muse to appear is a dream. If you are a writer, you write.
Every day or as often as you can. Right now my daughter is doing her homework, my husband is playing the guitar and I am writing this to you. As soon as I finish I will go back to rewrites on my current book.
Get going. You have every reason to tell your story.